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The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% 30ml

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The Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% from The Ordinary is an extremely high potency antioxidant treatment which can help to improve skin texture and tone.

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4.6 of 105 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Beautiful smooth skin


I’ve just begun using this twice a week and make sure not to use it on the same nights that I use the Retinoid emulsion as they’re both new products in my skincare regime and I don’t want to aggravate my skin. I find I only need two drops of this and it covers my entire face and neck as well as absorbs really well into my skin. My skin does feel a little tingly when using this and I still moisturise with NMF + HA. Skin texture the next day is beautifully clear and soft and wonderfully hydrated with out being greasy. Will continue to use and overall very happy.

Most Helpful Criticism



I’m really not sure how I feel about this one. It’s got such a strange feel when you apply it. Warm and tingly and it seems to just sit on the top of my skin. My skin looks brighter the next day but it’s slightly irritating for about an hour after application and I feel like that can’t be good for my skin. I didn’t even bother trying to layer it with other products. So like i said... I’m not sure how I feel about this.
  1. Love


    Loving This serum. Nice texture, skin is looking fresh.
  2. Ok


    I’m really not sure how I feel about this one. It’s got such a strange feel when you apply it. Warm and tingly and it seems to just sit on the top of my skin. My skin looks brighter the next day but it’s slightly irritating for about an hour after application and I feel like that can’t be good for my skin. I didn’t even bother trying to layer it with other products. So like i said... I’m not sure how I feel about this.
  3. Beautiful smooth skin


    I’ve just begun using this twice a week and make sure not to use it on the same nights that I use the Retinoid emulsion as they’re both new products in my skincare regime and I don’t want to aggravate my skin. I find I only need two drops of this and it covers my entire face and neck as well as absorbs really well into my skin. My skin does feel a little tingly when using this and I still moisturise with NMF + HA. Skin texture the next day is beautifully clear and soft and wonderfully hydrated with out being greasy. Will continue to use and overall very happy.
  4. Love it!


    This product works beautifully. I use every few days. It does tend to stay greasy on your skin but I always wake up with beautiful skin the next day. Will purchase again.
  5. friend's recommendation to purchases!


    I have not used this one yet, but my very best friend highly recommended
  6. Love this Product...


    Leaves my skin smooth and definitely helps on the skin tone - just wish I could use it more than 2 - 3 times a week!
  7. Good anti oxidant for the evening


    On application, the skin feels warm and hydrated. I use it after cleansing and before moisturising in conjunction with other Ordinary products. I do not really see any isolated changes from this product but overall my skin is in better shape after using around 4 to 5 Ordinary products.


    The only product that consistently gives me positive, VISIBLE overnight results. As other people have written, this gives your skin the appearance of having had a facial e.g. smooth, bright and clear.
    It *really* stings at first and my face looks a bit red and angry after applying it, so once or twice I thought I was having a bad reaction and wanted to wash it off - but thankfully I rode those couple of stinging minutes out, went to sleep and then woke up looking like I had my best skin ever.
    That being said, I warn you that you can have too much of a good thing... don't use it more than the 2-3 nights per week as directed...
  9. Dewiness in a bottle!


    I use Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% every second night, followed by Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, T.O Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG then moisturiser.

    Yet another T.O product that does exactly what it says it will do: improve skin texture and tone. My skin looks great since I have been using this. My skin looks fresh, dewy, plump and happy.
  10. Makes my skin so soft!


    I have been using this once a week and I love it! Makes my face so soft and fresh looking
  11. My skin feels smoother each time I use it!


    I use this every 3 nights, on rotation with a 5% retinoid in squalene, then a night with the Buffet and the B oil.
    Each time I use this, the following morning my skin is noticeably smoother. I have textured, oily skin, prone to congestion. I feel that incorporating this into my routine had definitely helped.
  12. I like it


    I have been using this product pretty religiously over the last couple of months, and have seen a difference in the texture of my skin. Especially clearing some dark spots and lightening some of my freckles, it has been really great moderating my skin. it is a bit oily and does have a tingly feeling, so definitely use stringently to begin with and build up tolerance.
  13. Great


    I use this at night. It is the only serum I’ve found that instantly changes the appearance of skin. Come the morning time, my skin is more plump, and any irritated skin due to breakouts are much calmer and flatter. I adore it!
  14. Glowing Skin overnight


    I love the ordinary but some products are hit and miss.... The Alpha Liopic Acid is definately a hit!
    Easy to apply only use a small amount and wake up with glowing and baby soft skin in the morning. I only use it twice a week as its very potent but its nice to find a well priced product that actually does what it says.
  15. There is nothing Ordinary about it!


    This product has done wonders for me.Leaves the skin looking refreshed, bright and renewed. A must have in my skincare routine.
  16. Very effective


    This is a really effective treatment. I use it as directed approx twice a week and the morning after my face looks and feels great. The main thing I don’t like about it is that it takes a long time to sink in. But it works and I will definitely buy it again.
  17. Good results but


    I did like the feel and results of this product but it was unfortunately just a little too harsh for my sensitive skin
  18. difference after first use!


    The Ordinary has done it again! I use this twice a week and look forward to it. smoother, brighter and more even !
  19. You can feel it working


    I use this product a couple times a week and it definitely has a sensation to it, but it doesn't seem to last very long which is nice. And the tingly feeling often just tells me it is working! It has only been a couple weeks but I am liking it thus far.
  20. amazing product


    I use this product twice a week and use it on it's own for full effect. It helps my skin to look smooth and plump in the morning, and helps me to feel confident to leave the house without makeup. it can be a little irritating on the skin sometimes but goes away quickly, but that's when I know it's doing it's job.
  21. Good results, but it burns!


    First of all, this REALLY does work. Makes my skin very nice and smooth the next morning in just one over-night application. The only problem is that it doesn't just tingle when you apply it, it BURNS! (and my skin is not sensitive). My advice would be to dilute this with a moisturiser when first using it.
  22. IN LOVE


    My skin type is super oily and i tried out the product as I have large pores that often feel rough. This product does exactly what it says and evens the texture of skin! Would recommend to anyone.
  23. Amazing


    This product is amazing and for the outcome, so is the price. This ALA is quite potent, you can feel it heat up on your skin and fair warning, when you do put in on your skin it does smell like it is burning which initially when you aren't expecting it, is quite alarming. I only use it once a week and my skin looks fresh and dewy the next day.
  24. careful


    this is a great product, nearly as effective as the hardcore C formula, and slightly less irritating. I've just started to use this again, once or twice p/w is all I can tolerate while my skin is still healing (but I have some dark areas that I want to start working on) for the price, all TO products are well worth a shot.
  25. Another great The Ordinary serum


    I was advised to add this to my regime for sagging skin. I have found improvements in my skin texture and my other products absorb really well. Only needs to be used once or twice a week. It does burn slightly but only for a few seconds. My skin feels fresh and bright the next day. Very happy with this one!
  26. This stuff is strong


    This is super strong, so much so that it felt like it was burning my face off!!! The smell of it on my skin even smelt burnt :/ however this DOES work. My fine lines on my forehead almost completely diminished the next morning after using it for the first time. I recommend it, but please be wary about the stinging if you have sensitive skin! It is very strong
  27. Skin Renewal Serum


    This serum applied 2-3times a week renews the skin. It leaves it so soft & smooth. It is definitely worth trying.
  28. Refines and plumps skin


    I am tempted to use this product more than twice a week.
    Wake up with a refined, plump and glowy skin when I use this
  29. Amazing


    This is an amazing product to clear up breakouts and to smooth out your skin. I woke up with my skin feeling and looking amazing. The only thing I don't like about it is the smell, it's got like a burnt rubber smell. But other than that it's a great product and I would highly recommend it!
  30. Leaves skin soft like a babies


    Adore this product, I was nervous on first use because it is so strong but it left my skin glowing. I only use twice a week but it makes such a difference. It's a great low cost (and available in Au) dupe for drunk elephant's baby facial.
  31. Amazing


    Amazing hydrating serum! Such a good product and price too
  32. WOW


    Can I just say, I was VERY hesitant to use this as on the directions it’s said it was harsh to the skin so only use once a week. I have now used it twice, once a week in the past fortnight and I wake up with little to no redness and my scarring looks less aggressive. (I have extremely bad acne scarring) I am so impressed!
  33. Excellent!


    I love this product! It gives my skin such great texture and I also feel that the rest of my products are better absorbed. Love it!
  34. I liked it, but prefer the vitamin C treatments


    Thought this was a good acid treatment, however occasionally felt a little too harsh on my skin. Might not be great for people with sensitive skin as I don't have sensitive skin but this sometimes irritated it.
  35. Unpleasant smell but definitely work it


    I have normal to dry skin with mild texture and pigmentation. I notice a difference in my skin the next day after using this. It is a brighter and smoother to touch. Just be warned it does have a mild burnt rubber/ weed smell but doesn’t linger for too long. I do feel a slight warm sensation when putting this on
  36. Nice treament


    Use this very Sunday night on its own after cleansing. It’s feels warming on the skin and slightly tingly. I do wake up the next morning noticing a difference. A bit fresher and clearer I think. I do use AHA and Vit C during the week and this is a nice way to end the week as a special treatment.
  37. Awesome product!!!


    I have only used ALA5% for 2 nights so far, I found my skin to be soft and plumped up the morning after use. I am using ALA5% 2 nights per week and Retinol on the remaining 5 nights, so far this is working beautifully on my 70yo skin....
  38. A must have


    I love this so much! It makes my skin noticeably brighter in just 1 use. You have to build up to using it but stick with it because it's the best product! Lasts forever too because you only should use 2-3 times per week max.
  39. Does What It Says


    It's a good product. It has a sort of cool burning sensation that's a little stingy but not in a painful way. My skin is really smooth and dewy the next day and it doesn't irritate my dry skin! I have noticed it has improved my hyperpigmentation after a while (once a week use).
  40. Highly effective but goes 'bad' easily


    This is such a great night-serum! I use it weekly and it is so powerful that I don't need to use it more regularly - in fact, I have found that it irritates my skin when I do. For me, the only downside is that it seems to go 'bad' very quickly if there is any contamination of the formula in the bottle. My first two bottles had this problem. They went milky and viscous and I had to dispose of them, but on my third bottle I have been super careful to not touch the dropper to any part of my skin before putting it back in the bottle and I haven't had this problem again!
  41. Powerful


    This serum is a pretty powerful little solution. The oily consistency for a serum is different and it makes my skin warm and tingly. It has a bit of a singed hair smell to it. I only use this at night and in the morning my dry skin is always bright and plump
  42. Slight brightening effect


    This product is like a dry oil when applying. It dries down after a few minutes. It is very strong and I can feel some heat and tingling in the first few minutes after applying. I can tolerate that and do not have any serious irritation so far. A lot of people claim that their skin brighten up just after one night of use. I don't see that magical effect but I do think my skin lighten up a bit.
  43. Unpleasant


    I love heaps from this brand but this was a fail for me. I don’t enjoy the hot feeling when I apply it, nor am I a fan of the smell. It seems very strong but never seems to have much of a payoff in terms of skin health and appearance.
  44. Great when used as directed


    I have been using this product for 3-4 months now twice a week on average. I have acne prone skin that is on the oily side. My problems are texture and large open pores which can lead to congestion, breakouts and blackheads.

    I use this product after cleansing and toning. It has an oily consistency so I like to use before any other serums and give it 20-30 mins to absorb into the skin. It does have a distinct smell, which almost reminds me of a fish oil or something (no joke I actually googled to find out if it was derived from fish haha) but my boyfriend doesn’t think it smells like that. It’s not super unpleasant to me though and disappears after it sinks into the skin. As mentioned by other reviewers, it has quite an intense heat-like sensation when initially applied. Some people would describe it as burning but it’s not unbearably uncomfortable for me - if you have sensitive skin it could be an issue. If you still want to try it, I’ve read that you can mix it with another oil to dilute the strength. The hot feeling slowly fades until it is finally gone about 10 mins after application. Once it’s sunk into my skin, I follow with other serums and a night cream or face oil.

    I notice the benefits of this product when I’m having a breakout or feel that my skin is looking dull. If I’m having a breakout (whiteheads), I’ll apply at night using the above method, and in the morning my skin will look noticeably better. The breakout will have calmed and the majority of pimples will be gone. My skin feels ultra soft and brightened. Because of the oily consistency, it feels like it doesn’t dry my skin out and is hydrating. For me, this works in my skin’s favour, as drying my skin out too much during a breakout can cause more harm than good (overstimulating oil production and causing more breakouts). It also has anti aging properties but I’m only 25 so can’t see an immediate difference as I have little to no finelines or wrinkles. It has become a regular part of my skincare routine and I intend to repurchase.

    I’d definitely recommend this to others but it won’t be for everyone, particularly if you’re sensitive to smells, don’t like “burning sensations” on your skin or have sensitive skin. For $12.90 and the potential benefits, I’d say take a risk and give it a go, but excercise caution and use the dilution method if you’re concerned about any of the above issues.
  45. Strong but good


    I use this in the evenings, after I've cleansed before moisturising. I find that it helps cell renewal and de-oxidising blackheads. I have combination skin and it helps regulate it.
  46. Protective


    A good night serum that protects your skin from environmental damage
  47. Great


    This is really great product. I use it twice a week and I always wake up with bright and baby smooth skin. It smells a bit weird and feels a little warm when you put it on your face but I have experienced no irritation or negative effects.
  48. Just average


    I was very excited to try out this product based on the reviews and my experience with other TO products but I didn't really find it did all that much. My skin was a little brighter in the days following use but due to the oily consistency I found it caused more issues than it solved.
  49. Super brightening


    I've been using this product 2 times a week, but wish I could use it more! Always wake up with plump, bright looking skin. I have not had any irritation from using this product, it does have a weird 'burning' smell but it doesn't bother me. I always layer a serum over the top because the consistency can be a little oily slicky. Nonetheless, fantastic product for the price, will definitely repurchase.
  50. Awful smell


    I’ve used Ordinary products religiously since they were released and love nearly all. But god, this one. The smell. The smell.

    It’s like wet dog crossed with yeast and poo and sweat in the band of your sports bra. I’m not kidding. It doesn’t go away no matter what other products you later on it. It might just be my skin chemistry or I got a bad batch but, yeh, not a fan. I’ve not been able to stick it out long enough to see if it works.
  51. Not gonna use it


    I did love this product. I’ve been using it for about 3 3 months and it left my skin glowing and beautiful. Now when I use it a few days after my skin get rad dry and chapped like.. I’m not going out in the sun after, I’ve given my sling a break from it for a few weeks and it just seems to get worst. I don’t know why suddenly I’m reacting. :-(
  52. amazing


    No stranger to AHA’s and the like this is my new must have product. It is a weird slick / oily texture but absorbs in fine eventually. I use a few drops, concentrating on my forehead and follow with rosehip or jojoba oil. The next morning my skin looks glowy and plump and like I’ve just had a professional treatment. I use 2-3 times weekly and have to stop myself from using everyday! Love!
  53. Used to stung alot!


    Stung alot on my first few use, but woke up with the brightest skin I have ever had. Don't use it daily as it is a very strong product!
  54. Too strong for my skin


    I think my skin is too sensitive for this serum. It feels almost stinging on my skin and I didn't see any noticeable changes. I have discontinued using this and wouldn't use it again.
  55. Good product


    I love the ordinary products including this one.I use this twice a week it’s quick and easy to use and I get good results with this skin more brighter, It doesn’t make my skin too sensitive.
  56. brightening


    I can really see my skin looks brighter. probably not for sensitive skin
  57. Amazing Product


    I have very dull, dry skin and this product was amazing! I put a few drops on before bed and wake up with radiant healthy looking skin. Would highly recommend.


    I love this product. After using it once a week (I use Retinol and Lactic Acid the other nights) I wake up with the most glowy, plump skin. Has a bit of a weird smell and consistency but it's worth it!
  59. Hard worker


    Love what this does to my skin! It feels so soft and smooth days after, and I love anything that works that you don't need to use daily or more! I can see this being an issue for sensitive skin but it does say you can dilute with oils so well with a try. I'll definitely be sticking with this one long term. It's a great fixer upper for sure.
  60. Definitely not for sensitive skin


    After reading the reviews, I was expecting big things from this acid but have yet to notice any results. It stings on the drier, more sensitive regions on my face and has a tacky, oily consistency to it. I will continue to use it twice a week though and go from there.
  61. Very Effective


    I purchased this out of curiosity because I hadn't heard of this particular acid but love the other Ordinary acids in my skincare routine. I didn't expect it to be quite so effective! This acid feels kind of oily as it goes on but I found that mostly went away fairly quickly. It has an unfortunate 'rubbery' smell, but it isn't overpowering at all. I experienced a feeling of 'heat' on my skin as soon as it was applied but this went away promptly - this was interesting because I haven't felt any tingling or burning whatsoever with the Ordinary retinol or lactic acid. It's REALLY effective. In the morning my skin feels 'resurfaced', fresh and smooth. I'll be careful not to overuse this acid, but will certainly continue to have it in my routine for 2-3 nights per week. Love it - very effective!
  62. Undecided


    I’m undecided on the The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% I’ve tried and loved a few serums and oils from the ordinary however this one after introducing and keeping in my skincare routine for almost two months showed barely any results. I loved the light warming sensation, however found little difference even after keeping it as part of my routine for two months. I sadly gave the second bottle I purchased to a friend hoping she’d have better luck.
  63. Miracle Worker


    I don’t know exactly how or why this stuff works but my skin is crazy soft and smooth after using this. I honestly didn’t know my skin could be this nice. I’m in my mid 30’s with fair, sensitive skin that is prone to dehydration and hormonal breakouts I was worried it might cause irritation because its described as being very strong but I had no trouble with it at all. The info says to only use 2-3 times per week so I have been cautious but the results for me have lasted days. Smooth, shiny, clear lovely skin. Highly recommend.
  64. not for sensitive skin


    My skin looks brighter and more even, has similar results to a vitamin C serum 4 times the price. it does sting a little so probably not for sensitive skin
  65. Sunday night skin treat


    This is my Sunday night skin treatment to ensure I start Monday with glowing skin. I use it in place of my retionid or any acids as this should not be mixed with any other actives. It's one of the tools I use to keep my skin bright and it's working for me. I have dry skin so find the slightly oily formula perfect for me skin. I use a moisturiser over the top as well. Some people mention a smell... I can't notice it at all.
  66. Love the texture and result


    I love the light, oil substance that this solution is. It is so easy to work into palms and pat evenly on the face which I find hard with more gel like substances. And as this is such a strong exfoliant I want to make sure it isn’t too concentrated on certain areas of my face and that it is even, so the spreadibility is a big positive for me. I find using this when my skin is looking dull brightens it up immediately. If you have very sensitive skin, I would probably pick something more mild for exfoliation as this can sting quite a bit.
  67. Best for hyperpigmentation


    Whenever I get a blemish - even if I'm on my very best behaviour and don't squeeze - I still get a big red mark! I absolutely love this product for that purpose. I'm no scientist, so I don't why its particularly helpful for this purpose, but IT IS. Wayne Goss raved about this one on his YouTube channel, and I'm so glad he did because it is one of my HG skin products.
  68. Amazing


    I'm in my mid-20s and my skin can get quite dry and dull, and I have quite dark circles in my under eye area which is my main concern when looking for skincare products.
    I use The Ordinary's Alpha Lipoic acid 5% once or twice a week before bed and every time I wake up my face looks so much healthier! My skin is definitely plumper, the dark circles are minimised, any fine lines are gone and there is a definite glow.
    Yes it does have a funny smell, kind of like burning rubber, which isn't great but it's not that strong and I only use this when I'm having a quiet night in. Not to mention the pay off of having amazing skin the next day is totally worth the mild discomfort.
    I've already recommended this product to my friends and will definitely be repurchasing when it runs out, which won't be for a while as I bought it a few months ago and I still have almost a full bottle left!
  69. Absolute love!

    Mary Ruth

    This by far has been my favorite new product from The Ordinary.
    My skin type is more normal combo skin with some areas being dry and patchy, and Oily T-Zone. Occasional break outs have left my some scarring and pigmentation on my skin which is why I decided to try this product.

    Use it as recommended 2-3x per week worked like a charm, added this on top of my night time routine after cleansing then seal with my fave rosehip oil also from The Ordinary. Woke up with brighter skin, hydrated skin.
    I also use a mild vitamin C scrub from the bodyshop on nights I dont apply this

    Over time around the 3rd week, saw visible improvement on my pimple scars that has by now on my 6 week faded away.

    It does tingle and sting abit, leaving your face feeling hot for about 5-10mins then it usually subsides.

    I would defineoy recommend but probably not for the sensitive skin type
  70. Great product!


    Has help my skin overnight. Complexion so much brighter. Love this!
  71. YASSSS


    I feel like this less talked about product is the dark horse. I'm willing to forgive that it smells like rubber gloves as it's working absolute wonders for my skin!

    It tingles for a little bit, but I don't mind because it makes me feels like it's working. My skin tone and texture have both improved dramatically. The antioxidants leave my skin feeling plump, hydrated and refreshed in the morning,

    I'd had a lot of compliments recently on my skin and I'm putting it down to introducing this baby into my skincare regime. Give it a whirl!
  72. Great stuff!


    This is amazing. I can see results after just one night - my mature skin is brighter, tighter and has a glow. It is powerful though and I think twice a week is enough. Really good for any age but I think particularly good for mature age skin.
  73. Wake up and see the difference!


    This stuff is liquid gold! I got it to brighten up my skin (and because I'm hooked on TO) and I was not disappointed. It's very tempting to use every night but using it 2-3 times weekly works a charm. I use it after cleansing and seal in with facial oil and when I wake up, I want to cry because my skin is so plump and literally glowy! The results are instant. I've struggled with adult acne and dullness, but after adding a couple of products from TO my skin has made a complete turn around. This Acid just puts the cherry on top. Some reviews mention texture but I just pat it in and then after a few minutes add oil on top and it feels lush, 2 or 3 drops is all you need!
  74. So far so good?


    I am struggling with my acne scarring after years of cystic acne, and I was hoping this would help with that as well as start working on fine lines as I approach 30.

    I use it twice a week and I think my skin is definitely brighter and smoother, and my acne scarring is improving. I also use a lot of other exfoliators and serums though, so it's hard to tell sometimes?

    I did notice this breaking me out a bit but I suspect thats just from over-exfoliation, so I'm going to pull back on using it 2-3 times a week and just use 1-2 times.

    Overall though, I do look good after I use it, and I like the tingly feeling I get on application.
  75. A nice morning glow


    Sometimes my dry skin can be a little dull and flat looking in the morning, particularly as I use Tretinoin most nights. After I read the reviews of this serum, in addition to a few peer-reviewed journal articles that claimed that Alpha Lipoic acid at a 5% concentration could help alleviate smoker's skin ageing in addition to photo-ageing.
    So I purchased a bottle of this serum, not particularly expecting anything to happen and tried it. The first time I tried it there was no stinging etc as pervious reviewers had commented upon. But I do say that my skin looked younger and more glowy in the morning.
    As a word of caution- do shake the bottle before you use it. From my experience, it appears that the ALA can seperate from the carrier in the bottle, so each application may be at different percentages.

  76. Overnight Magic!

    The Kitten Within

    Stop what you're doing right now and buy this dream in a bottle! For a product so potent, that I feel like I've woken up with freshly polished skin, I cannot believe the price. After years and years and thousands and thousands spent on expensive products that do half the work of this one - I'm hooked!
  77. Feel refreshed


    My skin has acne, acne scars, dryness, eczema, spots, peeling around the eyes, pigmentation and freckle like pigmentations or freckles.

    My main concern is to get rid of the acne, acne like spots or scars etc.

    I used the product with Niacinamide in the morning, Retinoic acid 2.0% and Alpha Lipoic Acid 5.0% alternating at night. You are not meant to use the Alpha Lipoic Acid daily as it is said to be too strong. Hence I use the Retinoic on days that I don't use the Alpha Lipoic. I preferred the Alpha Lipoic Acid over the Retinoic Acid as my skin felt more refreshed the next day. One can say the Alpha Lipoic Acid is a stronger exfoliant than the Retinoic Acid because of the concentrations.

    The product spreads on well, it is less viscous than the Retinoic Acid, so it can flow down your face if you don't tilt your face when dropping the drop onto your face. It stung the first time I used it in my life, but not too painful. I tried it on a male friend, it burned like mad for him because he doesn't use acids on his face at all.
  78. Made My Pores Appear Smaller


    This is the only product I have tried that truly made a visible improvement to my pores. I use this once a week and the improvement to my skin's texture is phenomenal. My pores appear smaller and my scars fade faster than they used to. This product is undoubtedly worth the money and I will continually repurchase.
  79. Takes a long time to absorb on me, but great results


    I use this once a week, acid toning with lactic acid once through the week, too (pore issues). I've found this works really well on my freckles, and gives me an extra exfoliation that's been helping with my battle against enlarged, clogged pores. It takes a while to soak in, for me, I've found, but aside from that, I'm hooked!


    I have combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin so it is very hard to find products that don't break me out and irritate my skin. I use this every third night and my skin has never looked better! I wake up with my face feeling so soft and smooth. I don't find that it stings that much and doesn't irritate my skin AT ALL! I started using it back in March and have never looked back. It's been about 3 months and i still have about a whole years worth. I only really use about max 3 drops and because i don't use it every night, you can really stretch out the whole bottle. They are awesome products that give you excellent results and the price just makes it even better! I will definitely keep repurchasing!
  81. Wake up with smooth and glowing skin


    I love using this when my skin is more blemished or congested! I only need a tiny amount of this for my entire face. Every time I use this at night I always wake up to smoother and brighter skin. My complexion has improved greatly since I started using this in my skincare routine.

    I don't have sensitive skin but this has the occasional sting which goes away quickly after application. I definitely recommend this for anyone who's looking to achieve smoother and brighter looking skin! :)
  82. Love it


    The Ordinary products a few months back and I couldn’t be happier my skin has never looked better.
    The alpha lipoid acid makes my face look so bright and clear. I use this about 3x a week
    Make sure to use spf
  83. The glow-maker!


    I have dry skin with some pigmentation and a lot of dullness. I’ve been using the Lactic Acid 5% formulation and while it’s been nice and good at sloughing away some dry patches, it hasn’t really done wonders for my skin. Enter Alpha Lipoic Acid! I’ve used it twice in the last 7 days and it’s been a miracle - my skin feels velvety, plump and lit from within. The best part for me is its effect on pigmentation. I occasionally get pimples during my cycle and they leave scars that take a good month or two to go away. With the Alpha Lipoic Acid a recent pimple scar has already lightened to the point that I don’t need concealer on it, and I expect it to disappear completely with a third application!

    The smell is a little off-putting, but goes away very quickly. Applies well - a little goes a very long way. It does tingle on application but only slightly more than the Lactic Acid formulation. I’ll be using both in my routine going forward. I love The Ordinary!
  84. Gentle yet UBER effective


    This weekly treatment is a must have addition to any skin fanatic's regime. Apply it at night, once a week and the next morning your skin will glow! Follow the instructions, as you don't want to use more than needed as this baby is nice and strong.

    Note that it is a chemical exfoliant so if you use any other forms of exfoliants in your weekly routine you may want to omit them.
  85. WOW!!!


    This product is incredible!!!
    It seems to promote skin circulation and the skins metabolic process. As a result your skin actually glows and is silky soft.
  86. Amazing


    I have been using this twice a week for the past 2 weeks. It gives instant over night results ! In the morning my skin us plumped glowing and so smooth and soft. I have had compliments on my skin since using this product. Highly recommended you give it a go you won't be dissapppinted it truly is outstanding and for the price it is amazing!
  87. Great value for your money!


    I am highly impressed with this! I use a few drops every other night and I feel a slight tingle but I like that. My skin looks so nice when I wake up after using this. If I have a big day I always use this the night before to look more fresh.
  88. Great stuff


    This is a wonder worked. My skin is so glowey after using this!
  89. Great for my combo skin


    Used twice a week at night on my combo skin (oily T zone with enlarged pores) this gives noticeable more even tone in the morning. Light sting upon application but it doesn't last. Definite repurchase for me.
  90. Cult status well earned!


    I love this stuff. Yes, it has a sulfuric/ rubbery smell and my bf calls me "rubber face" when i use it but, it's worth the stench. It isn't THAT bad and dissipated quickly. It does give that warming sensation, at times (depending on how much i have pushed my skin with other actives) it is more of a hot burn. It does say not tp use on.sensitive and compromised skin and i recomend you do listen to that! I used it once after the red peel and it did burn but faded after about 20 mins
    I LOVE the glow i get from using this! Use it alone or with other producs. I find ot gives my skin a great boost and i often do not need to use it more than once a week. It lasts ages and i would easily pay 4x the price based on results. I love this when used with res/fer after 20 mins wait in between for a big boost.
  91. Love this serum!


    I'm low-key obsessed with this serum. I only use it once a week at night before moisturiser and I find that's all I need. My skin is glowing in the morning. The only downside is that it lightly stings for a minute or so after applying it. But this is tolerable. Will definitely repurchase.
  92. This is potent


    I use this twice a week. I have used it 3 x week and unfortunately it was too much and my skin started to peel. When I use this, I wake up with clearer skin and a glow. This is some serious skin care. Be careful not to overuse but seriously amazing for the skin
  93. Peeling Fine


    This is a fantastic product to up your peeling game. I’m 30 with fair olive skin prone to enlarged pores, dryness and some hormonal acne. I use this 1-2 times a week overnight applying over ALPHa H liquid gold (feel the burn!) and a light layer of SKII on top. I wake up glowing with more even tone and tighter skin. Afterwards I exfoliate and moisturise with my usual routine. Love it! A fab next step from the 5% lactic acid.
  94. Good


    I’ve started using The Ordinary products a few months back and I couldn’t be happier - my skin has never looked better.
    The alpha lipoid acid is part of my evening routine. I cycle it with lactic acidand retinol and use it before resveratrol, matrixyl and moisturiser.
    I feel like this combination of products works for me and will stick with it.
  95. It's good, but not life changing


    I was nervous and excited to try this, after reading reviews about it being so powerful and producing amazing results... But I have to say, I didn't notice much of a difference. Certainly not the glowing appearance some people described.

    On the upside, it wasn't scary to use, the warm tingly feeling was not unpleasant, and my skin did feel smoother the next day. I feel like I could use this every night (and I have somewhat sensitive skin, i.e. Retinol makes me peel) but I'll use it every second night, alternating with a Retinoid. This product is definitely better than the lactic acid (10%) and I would recommend it - just don't expect it to change your life like I did!
  96. A must have in my skincare regime!!!


    When I initially found this product I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Alpha H Liquid Gold.
    My skin has really begun changing as I near 30; needing a lot more hydration than ever before.
    I have combination skin, redness, and very congested looking & uneven skin in the way of texture.
    I used this product for the first time & thought it was much too oily, even though I applied it using a cotton pad. It’s not actually too oily, I was too generous! A little goes a long way! After a bit of research I found its best to apply like a facial serum; lightly pressing it in to the skin with your hands. 3 drops is perfect!
    After only 1 use I woke up to the softest skin. It felt exactly like it feels the morning after using liquid gold. It’s not a replacement to liquid gold, but definitely a product I use to alternate so that liquid gold lasts longer.
    Definitely add this product to your night time regime a few times a week! I personally don’t mix it with anything or apply anything else with it, and I find that works best! However if you have very sensitive or reactive skin, you can mix it with another facial oil. Just ensure you use it sparingly!
    Overall, an absolute keeper! And for a very affordable price!!!
  97. Really good stuff!

    Miss Betty

    The warming, tingly feeling worried me on first try but no regrets. All was well. The result is impressive... and for the price... amazing! As tempting as it may be, I don't use this product daily. Just 2-3 times a week as prescribed on the bottle.
    Well done Brandon T - this magic potion rocks!
  98. Its a keeper


    I love the Alpha Lipoic.. Its more effective than either the 5 or 10% Lactic, but not as drying or irritating as the 2% Salicylic (I still use but only on my nose where I have large pores and a small dab on any zits)

    ALA is a powerful beast, so I'm intergrating 2/3 nights per week alternating with Retinol. It goes on hot, but its cools down within seconds. I usually layer over T.O's Rosehip Oil or thick moisturiser and wake up glowy and smoothe.

    I have sensitive pale complexion prone to rosacea..blonde hair and blue eyes. My skin can handle this despite my sensitivity, I expect I will develop a good tolerance and be able to use more frequently as I need it. If you are sensitive like me, dont be put off by the initial heat- it does subside quickly and the results are worth it.
  99. my new top skin care


    now i know that i can’t live without thisssss product omg, thanks to the ordinary you did an amazing job.
  100. Skin changes over night


    This product terrifies me on first application. You only need a few stops but that was enough to cause my skin to have a bit of a “sting”. Of course, this is what it is meant to do (although I don’t have sensitive skin so take heed for those that day). There is dramatic impact the morning after using. My skin is more even, luminous and bright. I only use once a week because of the strength of he product, but am hoping to move it up to two.
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